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How to use Nelson Cruz, Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron in the same sentence

Nelson Cruz is so old that when he first signed with the New York Mets in 1998, Roger Maris still held the single-season home run record.

Nelson Cruz is so old that when he played his first professional game, his new teammate Wander Franco had not been born.

Nelson Cruz is so old ...

OK, you get the idea. Cruz is 41 years old, is still one of the best hitters in the game, and the Tampa Bay Rays are hoping he's the missing slugger they need not just to chase down the Red Sox in the American League East, but to return to the World Series and -- this time -- come out on top.